WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario), a junior forward on the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, was honored as the Athletic Republic Player of the Week by the Women's Hockey East Association on Monday afternoon.
Lavoie recorded five points (1g, 4a) in three games last week to lead UNH to a 2-1-0 record that helped the Wildcats climb out of last place into a tie for sixth in the league standings; her other statistics included nine shots and a plus/minus rating of +2. She recorded a career-high three assists – and the three points matched a personal best – to lead New Hampshire to a 5-1 victory against the University of Connecticut on Jan. 14. Earlier in the week, she factored in both UNH goals by tallying a goal and an assist at fourth-ranked Boston College (4-2 loss on Jan. 10).
With the score tied 1-1, Lavoie tallied an assist on three consecutive goals to propel the Wildcats to a four-goal victory vs. UConn last Saturday. She set up the game-winning goal at 15:53 of the first period, then assisted on both second-period goals (at 45 seconds and 15:41) to give the 'Cats a commanding 4-1 lead at the second intermission.
UNH trailed 2-0 at BC, but Lavoie set up a late second-period goal to help the Wildcats pull within 2-1. New Hampshire again trailed by two goals midway through the middle stanza when Lavoie she netted her seventh goal of the season, a power-play tally, to once again trim the deficit to one goal at 3-2.
Lavoie is tied for the team lead in goals (eight) and is tied for second in both assists (10) and points (18). She is atop the UNH leaderboard in both game-wining goals (two) and shots (75), and is also tied for third in power-play goals (three).
In 89 career games, Lavoie has amassed 35 goals and 32 assists for 67 points. Among active players, she ranks first in goals and points and is second in assists. Her collegiate accolades include Hockey East Bauer Rookie of the Year (2010) and Hockey East All-Rookie Team.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 19 at home against Boston University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.